New Delhi: Private immunization centers on Sunday began administering a precautionary “third” dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, also known as a booster dose, to the population over 18.
The age limit for the booster shot comes at a time when another highly transmissible XE variant of the coronavirus is being reported. However, the official confirmation of the existence of this particular variant is yet to come.
Speaking to ANI, Pawan Seth, a professional with a private company said, “The booster dose is important as it adds to our existing immunity. With the news of the entry of XE variants in India, I feel that the booster dose should be avoided. It is necessary for unnecessary calamity. We must not forget the days of the second wave.”
Rakesh, a gym trainer, said, “I am the first person in my family to get the (Covid) booster. I am very excited. I think the booster will help us fight coronavirus, that is important.”
On Saturday, two major manufacturers of the COVID vaccine slashed the price of the vaccine.
The price of the COVID booster dose has been raised to Rs 225, with Covishield reducing the amount by Rs 600 and Covaxin by Rs 1,200 per dose.
Notably, the Delhi government recently scrapped the mandatory wearing of face masks in public places.
The Union Health Ministry on Friday announced the introduction of a precautionary third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for the population above 18 at private immunization centers from April 10.
All those who are above 18 years of age and who have completed nine months of taking the second dose will be eligible for the precautionary dose, the ministry said in a statement.
This facility will be available in all private immunization centers.
India started giving preventive doses to frontline workers, healthcare workers and people above 60 years of age on January 10 this year. Later, on March 16, the vaccination campaign for the precautionary dose was extended to all adults over the age of 60.
According to the Union Health Ministry, India’s cumulative COVID 19 vaccination coverage is more than 185.70 crores. More than 2.21 crore vaccine doses have been given for the age group of 12-14 years.
Meanwhile, India’s active caseload currently stands at 11,132 as it recorded 1,054 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours.
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